Exploring South Africa's Wine Country: Great Wines Direct's Top Picks

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You're at the supermarket and decide to pick up some wine to go with dinner. You head over to the wine section and are overwhelmed by the sheer volume of wine bottles you see before you. How are you supposed to pick a bottle with so many choices available?

Choosing wine can be intimidating, but it's also a lot of fun to try new ones. If you're looking for something different and exciting, we recommend South African wines.

South Africa produces everything from bold reds to light, refreshing whites and roses. Keep reading to discover our favourites in this South African wines UK guide.

South African Wines: UK Top Picks

South Africa is a New World wine country, but some of its vineyards have been around for centuries. Today, there are many South African wine regions, each with its own distinct style.

South Africa's wine industry is booming and produces a diverse range of reds, whites, and roses. The wines of South Africa are distinctive, affordable, and pair well with many cuisines. Below are some of our best-selling South African wines.

Thelema Mountain Vineyards Shiraz 2018

This full-bodied South African red wine is from the Western Cape region. It's complex, yet approachable with hints of blackberries, currants, and spices. This lovely Shiraz is so dark, it almost looks black.

Mulderbosch Vineyards 'Faithful Hound' Red 2019

This bold, smoky red wine is from the Western Cape region. Made from Cabernet Franc grapes, it features notes of cassis and dried figs with hints of clove and chocolate. This savoury red is perfect when paired with a nice grilled steak.

Spioenkop Wines '1900' Pinotage 2020

This light, fruity red wine is from the Western Cape region. It has notes of cherry, strawberry, and violet with a smooth plum finish. This wine is bright and fresh and pairs well with red meat dishes.

Ken Forrester Wines The FMC, Chenin Blanc 2021

This quintessential South African white wine is from the Western Cape region. It has a rich, yet fresh flavour with notes of pineapple, ginger, vanilla, and honey. Enjoy it now or let it mature for 4-5 years. 

Benguela Cove Sauvignon Blanc 2021

This cheeky, playful white wine is from the Walker Bay region. It has refreshing tropical flavours, like kiwi and citrus, and just the right amount of acidity. Pair it with burrata and melon or basil pesto.

MAN Family Wines Padstal Chardonnay 2022

This refreshing, oaky Chardonnay is from the Coastal region. It's rich and complex with notes of melon and citrus. It has a fruit-forward palate with a surprising butterscotch finish.

Kleinood Katharien Rose 2022

This delicate, dry rose is from the Stellenbosch region. It's acidic with notes of berries and grapefruit. It feels silky on your palate and finishes off with delicious cherry and spice flavours.

Get the Best South African Wines From Great Wines Direct

There are so many incredible wines from South Africa and we've only scratched the surface. Whether you're a connoisseur or a casual drinker, you need to try the wines of South Africa.

While South African wines are growing in popularity, some are still hard to find. If you're having trouble finding South African wines in the UK, we've got you covered. Browse our huge selection of reds, whites, and roses and buy a bottle today! 

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